The Star Wars movie you see on Dec. 18 could be very different from the subsequent films in the new trilogy. In an interview with the LA Times, writer Lawrence Kasdan spoke about the expectations of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and how the film will likely differ from Episode VIII and Episode IX.
“These movies will all be so different,” Kasdan said. “Rian Johnson [the director of Episode VIII] is a friend of mine—he’s going to make some weird thing. If you’ve seen Rian’s work, you know it’s not going to be like anything that’s ever been in Star Wars. You couldn’t have three more different people than JJ, Rian, and Colin [the director of Episode IX]. Those movies will have the Star Wars saga as their basis, but everything will be different.”
For unfamiliar with these names, Rian Johnson is best known for Looper, while Colin Trevorrow directed this year’s smash hit Jurassic World.
The original two trilogies were directed by George Lucas, giving the films a common thread and vision, for better or worse. Handing the director’s chair to three different people will help keep the franchise feeling fresh—as will the standalone films, the first of which we’ll see late next year.
Kasdan helped co-write The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and was brought on to help J.J. Abrams write The Force Awakens, so he knows a thing or two about a thing or two. The writer won’t be involved in Episode VIII or IX, though he is co-writing the standalone Han Solo movie with the help of his son. (News on that movie is scarce.)
From what we’ve seen, Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks like it’s not going to disappoint. But if you don’t wind up liking how Abrams handles things, you can expect something very different from Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow.